— Fukushima rice will be sold in Great Britain

From Japan Times
Fukushima Minpo
Jun 19, 2016

Fukushima-harvested rice will hit the stores in Britain in July, which might make it the first member of the EU to import the grain, following a sustained effort by a group of Fukushima natives in London fighting rumors about the safety of the crop.

It is also the third nation, after Singapore and Malaysia, to import Fukushima rice since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused three reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Starting next month, 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London. A Fukushima branch of National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, a Japanese farmers group better known as Zen-Noh, will export the rice via a British trading company.

“With the U.K. as a foothold, we hope to expand the sale of prefecture-produced rice to other EU member countries,” said Nobuo Ohashi, who heads the Fukushima branch of Zen-Noh.

According to Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, the EU has been phasing out its ban on Fukushima food products since the nuclear disaster started. But for Fukushima rice, the EU still obliges importers to submit a radiation test certified by the Japanese government or sample tests by the member nation importing it.

“It’s bright news for Fukushima, which has been struggling with the import restrictions,” said an official at the prefectural office in charge of promoting its products. “We will make further efforts so the restrictions will be lifted entirely.”

There were many hurdles to overcome.

Amid fears that Fukushima products were tainted with radioactive fallout, Yoshiro Mitsuyama, who heads the Fukushima group in London, consulted an official at Zen-Noh’s branch in Germany on how to sell Fukushima products a few years ago.

With the help of Zen-Noh, Mitsuyama’s group started selling Fukushima-made rice, peach and apple juice at the annual Japan Matsuri held at London’s Trafalgar Square three years ago.

The products were popular with London residents. When Visit Japan Ambassador Martin Barrow came to Fukushima last April, he bought some local produce.

I want to help sell Fukushima fruits like cherries, apples and pears in London as well, not just rice,” said Mitsuyama.

This section, appearing every third Monday, features topics and issues covered by the Fukushima Minpo, the largest newspaper in Fukushima Prefecture. The original article was published on May 25.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/19/national/fukushima-rice-set-to-make-first-eu-foray-with-debut-in-britain/#.V2jIyOzn9Qw

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— Fukushima water receives international Monde gold award in 2015 and 2016 for its taste

International collusion at every level.

Reported on Fukushima Diary

Fukushima tap water is named “Fukushima water” by the city government and obtained “Monde Selection” in 2015 and 2016 for its taste.

From Fukushima Waterworks Bureau:

モンドロゴ(ブルー)2015

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https://www.city.fukushima.fukushima.jp/suidou/?p=7982

From

Monde Selection — International Institute for Quality Selection

Our Mission:

Founded in 1961, Monde Selection’s mission is to test consumer products and grant them a bronze, silver, gold or grand gold quality award.

This quality label, awarded by a totally independent professional jury, offers the consumer and the producer numerous advantages.

Your Benefits:

A Monde Selection quality label offers undeniable advantages:

  • It BOOSTS SALES as consumers undeniably prefer a labelled product
  • It offers FREQUENT EXTERNAL CONTROL of the quality of your products and rewards your production team
  • It helps to POSITION YOUR PRODUCT and measure the national and international level of your competitors
  • It helps your company TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT on national and international markets

http://www.monde-selection.com/

 

German region protests, fears Fukushima-style disaster after Belgium restarts aging reactor

From Japan Times

December 16, 2015

Belgian power utility Electrabel restarted an aging nuclear reactor Tuesday after a near two-year shutdown, angering neighboring Germany, which fears the danger of a Fukushima-style meltdown.

Electrabel said it put the Tihange 2 reactor back on line “in complete safety,” despite opposition from officials in adjacent North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.

Belgium has been hit by a series of nuclear mishaps in recent years, with three of the country’s seven reactors at one point closed, due in two of the cases to the discovery of micro-cracks in the reactor casings.

The Belgian nuclear authority gave the greenlight to relaunch Tihange 2, as well as another reactor near Antwerp, in November, giving Electrabel permission to operate the plant until its legislated final closure date in 2023.

Garrelt Duin, North Rhine-Westphalia’s economy minister, had warned strongly against the relaunch of Tihange, calling it outright “irresponsible.

Four of Germany’s 10 biggest cities — Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen—- are located within the state.

The city of Aachen, only 60 km (40 miles) from Tihange, said it had explored legal options to stop the reopening but without success.

Germany, unlike Belgium and France, decided to phase out what was a substantial nuclear energy program after the 2011 disaster in Fukushima.

At the time, Belgium also committed to a withdrawal from nuclear power but has since scaled back its ambitions due to a lack of reliable alternatives.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/16/world/german-region-protests-fears-fukushima-style-disaster-belgium-restarts-aging-reactor/

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U.S. govt cover-up: USS Ronald Reagan sailors suffering from radiation sicknes

Excerpts transcribed and posted at ENE News (www.enenews.c0m) — 7-16-14

Interview with Navy Lt. Steve Simmons who served on the USS Ronald Reagan for 3/11 relief mission, Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy, July 8, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • 21:30 in — November 2011 I noticed something was wrong… The black-out was the first thing… I started dealing with gastrointestinal issues, at first I thought I was coming down with a stomach bug… Fevers as high as 102.9°F… January 2012 was the first time I was hospitalized… [They] sent me home with a sinus infection. Three days later I was readmitted to the hospital because my lymph nodes were swelling… that’s when my legs buckled and the muscle weakness started to onset… it’s been ascending from legs, trunk, arms, hands… I can’t really use the muscles much at all. I’m down to about 20 lbs. of grip strength in my hands, which is barely functional… I do have to catheterize every 4 hours in order to empty the bladder. The migraines still get worse. The fevers still come and go, and they keep calling it a fever of unknown origin. My vitamin D is in the gutter, they just keep calling it an unspecified vitamin D deficiency… 2nd degree burns on my legs just from being out in the sun for 3 or 4 hours… that had never been a concern. Nobody can figure it out. I’ve been getting these rashes that come and go; they’ll go up my arms, my neck, around my eyes, back, stomach, legs. I deal with tremors and spasms… I am [in a wheelchair]… There’s days I don’t even get out of bed… for a long time I thought I was the only one. I had no idea there were other individuals that were even sick or dealing with ailments… Doctors wouldn’t tell us anything… I’ve had doctors tell me maybe you’re better off not knowing what you’re dealing with… You can’t have over 100 or 200 people sick, and one who has died last April, and say there is absolutely no health risk.
  • 35:00 in — Finding out that there’s more people that are sick, finding out there were some other individuals at Walter Reed [Hospital]… almost identical symptoms to what I was dealing with… they we’re told to be quiet, and next thing I know they’re, who knows where they’re at, nobody’s heard from them, nobody has seen them. I have a buddy at Walter Reed right now, whose going through the same exact thing, very similar to what I’m dealing with — maybe 6 months to a year behind on the symptoms… His wife would call my wife and my wife would explain what he could expect next and sure as anything that happens next… Him and I both had doctors who have actively tried to convince us that there’s physically nothing wrong and it’s all psychological… This is ridiculous… He’s also in a wheelchair and when he went to the clinic to get fitted for a wheelchair, this doctor told him that it’s all in his head, and he doesn’t need a wheelchair… This is uncalled for.
  • 46:00 in — We now realize how bad it was… the worst disaster in history, then it’s time to acknowledge the fact that, yeah there is a problem, and there are going to be some effects on human life… If the worst case happens, and some more folks pass — I would have to be naive to think that nobody else is going to pass away from this — it’s only a matter of time before there’s more lives lost. I would be lying if I don’t think every day that I’m going to be next because of how bad my health keeps going downhill.

Full interview available here
http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/2008/

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LINKS:

  • EPA wants to raise radiation limits by a factor of 350!  Tell EPA head Gina McCarthy (who was responsible for the EPA’s RadNet monitors  not working in the immediate aftermath of Fukushima) what they can do with the proposed new standards; public input requested:http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/#publicinput

Solstice actions

Posted under the tab “What we can do; Working with Water” is a suggestion from Tom Kenyon for creating healing water for oneself.

Let’s take this idea and expand it much, much further.

Allow some time before the exact moment of Solstice.

Create a sacred space for this. Be aware of yourself, your breathing, your body, and where you are. Spend some time being thankful for yourself.

Hold Japan and its surrounding seas in your hands. Bring your love and healing from every part of your being, to your heart and then down to your hands, to Japan — to all the people, all the living beings, all the waters there, the sky, the land, and the surrounding ocean.

Hold the Pacific Ocean, from shore to shore, between your hands. Bring down the wisdom and beauty and love from the highest part of yourself to the deep goodness of your heart. Then let that flow down to your hands and to the ocean. Spend time doing this.

Then, hold the Earth in the same way. Send that healing and love from all of you, coming to your heart, then flowing down your arms to your hands to the Earth.

As the Solstice takes place, join in your imagination with all of us as we focus our love and gratitude and healing power on our beautiful Earth.

The solstice time is 10:51 UTC on June 21.

12:51 AM HAST Honolulu, Hawaii

2:51 AM Anchorage, Alaska

3:51 AM PDT North America, (West Coast); British Columbia

5:51 AM CDT Mexico City, Mexico

6:51 AM EDT North America (East Coast); Montreal, Quebec; Santiago, Chile

7:51 AM Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10:51 AM UTC

11:51 AM London, England

12:51 PM Paris, France; Johannesburg, South Africa

1:51 PM Cairo, Egypt; Bagdad, Iraq

2:51 PM MSK Moscow, Russia

3:21 PM Tehran, Iran (UTC + 4 ½ hours)

3:51 PM Lahore, Pakistan

4:21 PM New Delhi, India (UTC + 5 ½ hours)

6:51 PM Manila, Philippines; Hong Kong; Beijing, China

7:51 PM Tokyo, Japan

8:51 PM AEST, Sydney, Australia; Guam

10:51 PM Marshall Islands

Other local times can be found here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Imagine what many of us together, all over the world, can create with our love, thankfulness, and healing energy at that time.

I am sending this with love and gratitude to you who care.